Definition of undernourished
1 : supplied with less than the minimum amount of the foods essential for sound health and growth
2 : poorly supplied with vital elements or qualities undernourished independent libraries
undernourishmentplay \ˌən-dər-ˈnər-ish-mənt, -ˈnə-rish-\ noun
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But despite its surfeit of talk on that subject, After Louie seems dramatically undernourished; the director's ambitions are let down by his unrefined storytelling skills.
The proposed law came after several high-profile cases in the country involving undernourished children on vegan diets.
By the early 1940s, Jarvis had become undernourished and was losing her eyesight.
At the same time, almost 1 billion people remain undernourished.
Two in five North Koreans are undernourished, and more than 70 percent of the population relies on food aid, according to a United Nations report published in March.
After a lifetime of uselessness to almost everybody except myself, my body may do some good, rotted in compost, recycled in transplants or served to the otherwise undernourished.
Meanwhile, 805 million people are chronically undernourished.
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UNDERNOURISHED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of undernourished for English Language Learners
: not getting enough food or not getting enough healthy food for good health and growth
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Definition of undernourished for Students
: given too little food for proper health and growth
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